Andrew Ryan of Clonanav reports on opening day on the the Nire, a tributary of the River Suir…

Today was the start of our long awaited 2015 season. We had been waiting for weeks to get on the water and today the day finally came. A beautiful crisp March morning, it began cold, but around 11.30 started to really brighten up with some very warm sunshine. The day began with a group of regular customers meeting at our shop for breakfast and coffee. An eager bunch all ready to get the first fish of the season.

Casting a fly on opening day

We headed to the Nire for the first few casts of the day and it was promising with some good hatches of large dark olives and the river was in perfect order and had dropped to a nice level after recent rain.

brown trout
Des O’Rourke had a 52 cm fish on opening day to win our Catch of the Week – what a start to the season!

The first fish was landed by local angler Des O’Rourke on a jig head nymph, and what a fish! Measuring over 52cm, we reckoned he was close to 5lb! and wins our Catch of the Week

David and John also had several fish, with John catching 7 fish during the day. Quite a few more fish were hooked an lost and it was an amazing day overall.

Roll on the 2015 season!

Andrew Ryan

Go fishing…

Clonanav Fly Fishing is one of Irelands leading destinations for river fishing. We specialise in fly fishing for both brown trout and salmon in the River Suir and tributaries. Crystal clear rivers teeming with native brown trout await you on you visit to Clonanav. Experience some of the best river trout fishing Ireland has to offer coupled with excellent guiding and tuition.

Clonanav Fly Fishing 
Ballymacarbry, Clonmel, Co Waterford.
Tel: + 353 (0)52 6136765

Des playing his fish yesterday